Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times

Mikael Wood

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Mikael:

Review: Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer cram decades of hits into Whisky a Go Go

Popular alt-rock acts Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer performed for just 500 fans at Whisky a Go Go, part of a kickoff for their Hella Mega tour. → Read More

Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’: All 18 songs, ranked

If Taylor Swift equally values each of the 18 songs on her seventh studio album, "Lover," that doesn't mean the rest of us have to. → Read More

Inside Ed Sheeran's ridiculously star-studded new 'Collaborations' album

His new "No. 6 Collaborations Project" features more superstars than Grammy night, but his A&R team says it's far more than just a showoff-y flex. → Read More

Meet Carly Rose: Child prodigy, reality TV flameout and your next indie-pop queen

Years after her Britney Spears-mentored runner-up showing on 'The X Factor,' Carly Rose Sonenclar is finally making the music she wants to make. → Read More

Review: J Balvin and Bad Bunny are a Latin-pop dream team on ‘Oasis’

More than a mere victory lap, J Balvin and Bad Bunny's "Oasis" reflects the current explosion of creativity in Spanish-language pop. → Read More

Review: Thom Yorke finds dread beneath the glamour of ‘Anima’

Nothing about Thom Yorke's new solo album, "Anima," suggests he's looking forward to getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. → Read More

Review: Cardi B, off-the-cuff as always, proclaims: ‘I ain't going to jail’ at Staples Center

Headlining an arena concert as part of the BET Experience, Cardi B demonstrated why she's pop music's most grounded superstar. → Read More

Lil Nas X is a meme star, sure, but his debut EP reveals a star, period

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" has finally been embraced by the Nashville establishment. → Read More

Lil Nas X is a meme star, sure, but his debut EP reveals a star, period

The Nashville establishment has finally embraced Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road.' Now he's leaving country music behind on his debut EP. → Read More

John Legend covers Led Zeppelin, oh so smoothly, at Hollywood Bowl season opener

In recent years the Hollywood Bowl has booked boomer-friendly veterans to open the summer season. This year R&B star John Legend performed at its fundraiser. → Read More

Listen to Taylor Swift’s new pro-LGBTQ jam ‘You Need to Calm Down’

Weeks after she celebrated the beginning of Pride Month, Taylor Swift doubles down on her embrace of the LGBTQ community with "You Need to Calm Down." → Read More

Review: Bruce Springsteen and Madonna strike a pose, with varied results, on new albums

New albums from superstars Bruce Springsteen and Madonna, released on the same day, reckon with age and identity. → Read More

Ranked! The 21st century’s best (and worst) songs of the summer

We ranked every song of the summer this century, from 2000's "Bent" by Matchbox Twenty (not so summery) to this year's duet by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. → Read More

Tyler, the Creator gets dumped, grows up and makes the album of his life

Tyler, the Creator performed an Apple Music-sponsored show Wednesday night in Van Nuys as part of the rollout of his moving new album, "Igor." → Read More

Taylor Swift’s ‘Me!’ is nowhere near as smart as she is

Far more thinly imagined than usual, Taylor Swift's new single, 'Me!,' might contain her weakest lyrics ever. → Read More

Review: Ariana Grande at Coachella was not the pop star we needed

Sloppy and without a strong story, Ariana Grande's disappointing performance came across as hollow spectacle. → Read More

Going to Coachella just doesn’t mean what it used to

A year after Beyoncé’s instant-classic performance brought new attention to the already closely watched Coachella, it was easy to sense the widespread awareness of that online scrutiny during the festival's 20th-anniversary edition. → Read More

Review: Weezer’s throwback approach works at Coachella 2019

The nostalgia came in waves when Weezer played the Coachella festival on Saturday night. → Read More

Billie Eilish on her packed Coachella debut: ‘I don’t deserve this at all’

Seventeen-year-old Billie Eilish followed up the successful debut of her album with a well-attended performance Saturday at Coachella. → Read More

What Childish Gambino did at Coachella to try to live up to Beyoncé

"This is not a concert," Donald Glover said not long into his performance as Childish Gambino on Friday night at Coachella. What he was trying to give the audience, he insisted, was "an experience." → Read More